District Digest

Brian G. Kingsley Recognized as Emerging Leader by PDK International

Brian G. Kingsley, Acting Chief Academic Officer for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), recently traveled to Washington, DC to meet with federal education policy makers and share best practices with 25 other educational leaders from across the nation.

    • Earlier this year, Kingsley was recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals. The PDK Emerging Leaders program recognizes innovators, thought leaders, problem solvers and change agents who are making a difference in the field of education.
    • "For the past 18 years, as a leader and educator, it has always been my mission to lead by example," said Kingsley. "Leadership means providing positive energy and empathy to all of your stakeholders. You need to love what you do!"

Prior to serving as Acting Chief Academic Officer, Kingsley was the principal at Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale Beach. His leadership resulted in the school’s teachers and students excelling and achieving an "A" rating from the Florida Department of Education this past year.


Blanche Ely High School Assistant Principal Inducted into WVSU Hall of Fame


Congratulations to Malcolm Spence, an assistant principal at Blanche Ely High School, for receiving a special honor.  He is now a member of the West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) National “W” Club Hall of Fame for football.  Spence was a four-year starter, team captain and a member of the WVSU 1987 Football Championship Team.  He was nominated for the award by his former teammates. 
“This distinction means the world to me.  To be recognized for my body of work as a student athlete and as an educator for 20 years, is a tremendous honor," said Spence. "This is a surreal experience...an unbelievable feeling that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
For more information on the WVSU National “W” Club Hall of Fame, visit: http://connect.wvstateu.edu/homecoming/awards.

Frances Safaite-Frederic Named ‘Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction’ by the National Society of High School Scholars

Plantation High School's Frances Safaite-Frederic is receiving a unique honor.  She's been named a "Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction" by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). She was recognized for this achievement during a special event on December 6, 2014, at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Safaite-Frederic, an English teacher and Graduation Coach for Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders at Plantation High School, was nominated by student scholar Nephtalie Felix for her outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. “Mrs. Frederic is the greatest mentor ever,” said Felix. “She is always available to her students, not only as a teacher, a graduation coach and a mentor, but also as a friend.”
NSHSS gives its high school members the opportunity to acknowledge one high school teacher, counselor or administrator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career.  Educators of Distinction are outstanding role models and exemplary practitioners who have made a lasting difference in a student's life by encouraging him/her to strive for excellence, not just in academic pursuits, but in all of their endeavors.

Broward Schools Innovator Dr. Jeanine Gendron Named  2014 Top Technologist,
Transformer and Trailblazer

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools innovator Dr. Jeanine Gendron on being recognized as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2014 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. The CDE is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policies and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with support in effectively incorporating new technologies in the 21st century.
An ardent champion of integrating technology into learning, Gendron keeps the vision of 21st-century learning at the fore­front of the education community, locally and nationally. Gendron is a board member and former president of the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders, serves on Florida’s Digital Learning Advisory Board and is a frequent presenter on the topic. In the last year, she was deeply involved in introducing a new program called “Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning” (D5) with 3,200 5th graders at 27 schools in the District.
This school year, the District expanded the D5 program to 69 schools and has added a new Digital Infusion program for mathematics and English/Language Arts for secondary schools as part of its goal to continue to incorporate learning
tech­nologies that support student achievement.

BCPS Library Media Curriculum Supervisor Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

Lynne Oakvik, Library Media Curriculum Supervisor with the Innovative Learning and Arts Department, is among a group of 25 school district library leaders from across the country – and the only representative from Florida – selected for the Lilead Fellows Program. 
The Lilead Fellows Program is an advanced and intensive professional development program designed to empower, enable and equip school district library supervisors to think differently about their library programs, and to be effective and innovative leaders for change in their districts.
As part of the Lilead Initiative, the fellows will participate in an 18-month program, which focuses on developing leadership skills in the following areas:  integrating information literacy instruction, technology use and advocacy for school library programs.  The Lilead project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

"It's a honor to be selected as a Lilead Fellow and have the opportunity to work and collaborate with other school library leaders across the country," said Oakvik. "We have big ideas about what school libraries can and must be to support 21st century teaching and learning, and we are excited to lead the way to transformational change in our profession."

For more information about the Lilead Project, visit http://lileadproject.org/the-lilead-fellows-program/.